Positive thinking is a big part of golf; if you don’t believe you’ll get your ball in the bunker, you have more chance of not doing so. But even the best players end up in the sand at some point, and these bunker play tips can make sure you don’t waste valuable shots trying to get the ball out. And getting the ball out is the goal, even if that means hitting sideways or even behind you. A firm stance will increase your chances of playing a successful bunker shot, as will keeping the face of your wedge open. It’s also important to make a big swing at the ball, allowing the club face to easily slide under the ball. If you end up in a fairway bunker, a softer and easier shot is called for; don’t swing too hard and leave the ball in there.